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Christian Album Sales – Week of 2/14/12

Last week Hillsong United popped out another CD. They put out a CD almost every year, and I don’t have time to try to look up sales data on all those albums, but I do at least have Billboard ranking for some of them:

All of the Above – 2007 – #60
[a_CROSS//the_EARTH] :: Tear Down the Walls – 2009 – #21
Aftermath – 2011 – #17
Live In Miami – 2012 – #71

The new album doesn’t seem to have debuted as well as some recent ones from Hillsong United, but a glance at the track listing shows it to be mostly or possibly all old songs, which may be a factor.

We also have a debut from Audrey Assad, whose Heart lands at #86. Her previous album The House You’re Building (2010) reached #154.

Artist Album Rk This Week Total Real Total MS%
Various Wow Gospel 2012 58 10388 39106 45667 85.6%
James Fortune & Fiya Identity 64 9352 39501 56736 69.6%
Fred Hammond God, Love & Romance 66 9270 35764 46278 77.3%
Hillsong United Live In Miami 71 8658 6509 8768 74.2%
Casting Crowns Come To The Well 75 8099 162270 366432 44.3%
Le’Andria Johnson The Evolution of Le’Andria Johnson 80 7735 7660 7785 98.3%
Audrey Assad Heart 86 7353 6419 15138 87.0%
Third Day Move 89 7092 141650 167419 11.3%
Newsboys God’s Not Dead 102 6237 25290 71396 35.4%
Various Wow Hits 2012 113 5622 76432 201266 32.6%
Skillet Awake 116 5602 701607 709214 90.0%
Kari Jobe Where I Find You 117 5548 26197 45125 58.1%
MercyMe The Generous Mr. Lovewell 120 5431 132102 140764
Various Joyful Noise 139 4758 59544 60608 98.2%
William McDowell Arise 163 4128 63563 67702 93.9%
Chris Tomlin How Great Is Our God 178 3867 52287 122052 42.8%
Brian Courtney Wilson So Proud 181 3797 5901 16170 36.5%
Kirk Franklin Hello Fear 182 3794 419126 421140
David Crowder Band Give Us Rest 189 3712 49210 83399 59.0%

(For whatever reason, Soundscan includes sales from Christian outlets in their weekly totals that determine the Billboard 200 chart positions, but they don’t include them in their reported totals. So I just add up all the weekly totals and compare them to the reported totals to see how many sales are missing from Christian outlets.)

David Crowder Band’s album may fall off the chart next week. Apparently it doesn’t have any strong radio singles keeping it up there compared to somewhat older CCM albums that it has now fallen behind, such as Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin.

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